Friday Dec. 06th marks the opening reception of AIR’s second annual national juried exhibition “PRINTWORK 2013″. Organizing this exhibition was a lot of hard work, but it is really fulfilling to create a fantastic opportunity for other artists. It was a very competitive show, and juror Tina Kukielski did a great job! Hope to see you there.
The newly founded WVU Printmaking Club is hosting a print sale at the Mountainlair on Monday Dec. 02. All proceeds go towards travel to the 2014 SGCI Conference in San Francisco, come check it out!
As part of the BIG XII Fellowship guidelines, I hosted University of Kansas Associate Professor of Art Michael Krueger. Michael was in Morgantown from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15. We had a jam packed visit for him planned: meals, critiques, lecture, demonstrations, printing, and of course bowling. The visit was a ton of fun, Michael was incredibly nice, and the student turn out was really great to see. Thank you to Michael, thank you to all my students who helped out, and a big thank you to the BIG XII Fellowship for funding the visit.
There are a few projects I am working on right now as November is building up to be a busy month.
I am organizing a group exhibition for Future Tenant, in Pittsburgh. “SHAME OF THE CITY: Deconstructing and reconstructing comic book narratives” will feature new work made by 23 artists. Every artist was assigned a page from the “Iron Man” comic I have been working with and was asked to make new work inspired by the original artwork. The show opens in December 2013 and runs through January 2014.
This Friday, the newly formed WVU Print Club participated in the annual Morgantown Arts Walk. Below are some pics of the event. There were plenty of prints for sale, as usual $25 and less. WVU printmakers are hoping to raise some funds this year to attend the 2014 SGC International Print Conference in San Francisco.
The crew…Olivia, Jess, Alex, Sam, Jordan, Cassandra, Allison…
Every so often, Dr. Janet Snyder, Art History Professor at WVU, offers a “studio for Art Historians” class. This class allows Art History majors to visit the different studios at the School of Art and Design, learn more about different process, and get the chance to make something too. This year, Dr. Snyder’s class came to the printshop to learn about relief. We looked at a lot of examples of relief from both professionals and students, we talked about the process, editioning, we watched a video about Bill Fick, and made some prints, it was a fantastic time. Dr. Snyder’s class is such a wonderful idea and opportunity for her students.
Printing has begun…nervous energy abound!
The first pull of the class!
It’s the start of a new school year, which means it’s time to get the new interns ready for their time at AIR. Last Friday, we headed up to Pittsburgh for the official start of the semester. The WVU Printmaking Program has been providing internships at Artists Image Resource since 2004. Our students are given the run of the place, at least once a week, for the Fall semester.
While at AIR, students split their time between using their facilities to make work and helping AIR’s master printers print production runs. Students get the chance to meet and work with professional artists from all over the country. I am really proud of this program, and appreciate the support from AIR’s Director Robert Beckman and the WVU School of Art & Design. Thank you all, and let’s have a great semester!
We are really proud to announce Tina Kukielski as the juror. Tina is a curator of the 2013 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.
This summer I was awarded a BIG XII Faculty Fellowship. This fellowship was awarded to only seven faculty from WVU which will fund a special project with another BIG XII faculty member. This year I will be working with University of Kansas printmaking professor Michael Krueger. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a very successful and respected printmaker. Details to follow as the project ensues.